This is Passport to Texas
Hunting is attracting new groups of enthusiasts.
Women are the number one growing group in a lot of the outdoor activities—especially in the shooting world. More women today are shooting now and learning to shoot a firearm and to hunt than any other group.
Heidi Rao is a Hunter Education specialist for Southeast Texas. She says many among this new tide of hunters—both women and men—identify as locavores. People who seek locally sourced, sustainably raised food.
So, they’ve become more interested in hunting because they know the animal was naturally fed—in nature, of course—and so if they shoot it, they’re directly part of that process. And then they learn how to cook it and prepare it, so it’s a complete that circle of life.
Not all people with a budding interest in hunting are ready for big game like deer or feral hogs. For them, Rao suggests something smaller, but no less challenging.
Squirrel hunting is a very great way to introduce somebody to hunting whether they be a youth or an adult.
Heidi Rao returns tomorrow to tell us what it takes to have a successful squirrel hunt, and why small game like squirrel don’t seem to get the attention they deserve.
The Wildlife Restoration program supports our series, and works to increase shooting and hunting in Texas.
For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.